Women's basketball team clinch playoff berth
The Memorial women's basketball team did what they needed to do this weekend as a Friday night win over UPEI earned them a fifth seed berth in the Subway AUS Women's Basketball Championship hosted by UNB MArch 8-10.
Friday Memorial 82 UPEI 70 (boxscore)
A dominant second quarter was the difference as Memorial withstood a UPEI rally to earn a 82-70 win that clinched a playoff berth in AUS women's basketball action Friday night at the Field House. The win was the Sea-Hawks sixth in a row and their tenth in their last thirteen games.
Memorial senior Grace Fishbein, playing her final home games, led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow senior Ally Forsey added 16 points and 9 rebounds in only 21 minutes. She was limited after rolling her ankle but did return to action. Emily Jameson continued her effective play with 16 points.
Memorial got a lift from their bench as Sam Kavanagh provided 11 points in only 12 minutes on a tidy 5-8 shooting. Kelia Pond also scored 8 points off the bench. The pair did the majority of their damage during a pivotal late third quarter run that stifled a Panther comeback attempt.
Jenna Jones led the Panthers with 19 points off the bench. St. John's native, and former Memorial redshirt, Laura Power added 15 points for the Panthers.
In a special post-game presentation Memorial coach Doug Partridge presented the three Sea-Hawks seniors, Fishbein, Forsey and Kim Devison with framed photographs to recognize their contribution to the Memorial women's basketball program. The trio then thanked their families, teammates, and coaches for their help and support over the years.
Saturday UPEI 87 Memorial 77 (boxscore)
With their playoff ticket punched the Sea-Hawks rested their starters as UPEI won 87-77 to end their AUS women's basketball regular season.
Memorial finished the season with an 11-9 record, good enough for fifth place in the league.
The win gave UPEI a 6-14 record, good enough for sixth place in the AUS. However, they did not make the playoffs as UNB earned an automatic berth as the host team despite finishing in last place with a 2-18 record.
Senior Panther Emily MacEachern did not miss a shot in her final varsity game, going 9-9 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line to lead UPEI with 22 points.
Memorial senior Kim Devison had 13 points in her final game. The Waterloo, Ontario native hit on 5-7 shots including 3 three-pointers in only 15 minutes. Sam Kavanagh continued to give Memorial instant offence off the bench with 14 points.
The Memorial fans gave Forsey, Fishbein and Devison a standing ovation as they subbed out in the final minute of play in their final game.
The game was also the last in the careers of UPEI graduating athletes MacEachern, Carly LaFave and Julia McKenna.
Memorial will play fourth seed Dalhousie on Friday, March 8th in the first quarterfinal of the 2013 Subway AUS Women's Basketball Championship. The game will be webcast on www.AUStv.ca